4.16.2009

An apology can do so much ...

I awoke this morning to car trouble. You know ... the kind where you see a huge puddle of fluid under your car and your power steering sounds terrible. Fluid + noise = no power steering fluid ... bad, bad! Two hours later I am the proud driver of a 2010 rented Hyundai ... oh it just keeps getting better.

The rental has XM radio ... which I love. I am not a big fan of talk radio but I do enjoy Oprah's radio show. I was driving along listening in bliss and this great segment came on about apologies. I thoroughly enjoyed everything I heard. I did not grow up with an understanding of apologies and forgiveness. I grew up with a non existent father ... a mother that was not sure she wanted the responsibility of raising a child ... and a gracious and loving stepfather. None of the people in my life were big on admitting their mistakes. Mistakes made you weak. I completely and wholeheartedly disagree!

What I heard today sums up exactly how I feel about mistakes and apologies. She worded it so beautifully.

When you apologize and accept responsibility for mistakes it creates character. Thinking that admitting mistakes makes you weak only makes you stupid. Giving a heartfelt apology changes your life forever. When someone accepts an apology their life is also changed forever. Character is formed by trials.
There was a blessing in that Hyundai after all ...
MPM

4 comments:

  1. That is a great quote. Apologizing can be so hard, and sometimes it is nice to know someone cared enough to share those words.

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quote! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. LOVE that quote and I totally agree. It is so true. :)

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